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How Do You Spell Relief? For Special Education It's OSEP

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 30, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Ever since the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was reauthorized in 2004, states have found themselves under increased pressure to help their special education students meet higher standards. Before 2004, the focus was mainly on compliance issues, such as the availability of special ed. teachers or the creation of 504 plans and IEP's.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

How New Year's Resolutions Can Harm Your Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 28, 2015 8:00:00 AM

How many times have you read about New Year's resolutions this month? Maybe you've seen articles talking about making this "New Year" all about a "New You!" But what's wrong with keeping the old you, just with a few tweaks? Even though new year's resolutions seem to be the norm in our society, they can actually be harmful for your mental health and well-being.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Self-Improvement, Mental Health

5 Key Productivity Tips to Increase Work-Life Balance

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 26, 2015 8:00:00 AM

It's a challenge that nearly every working professional faces at some point: finding that delicate work life balance. When work gets busy, it's easy to allow your job to completely consume every aspect of your life, often to the detriment of family, friends, and other activities that are important to you. Finding a balance seems like an insurmountable task, but it's essential to both your productivity at work and your mental health.

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Topics: Career Advice, Self-Improvement, Productivity

5 Workplace Habits to Break, Before They Break Your Career

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Let's face it: we all have some less than desirable habits. However, when bad habits start to impact our performances at work-- or stall our career advancement opportunities-- it's time to make a conscious effort to break them. What better time to make a resolution to break bad workplace habits than the start of a new year?

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Topics: Career Advice, Self-Improvement

Top Reasons Physical Therapist Voted One of Top 10 Best Jobs in 2015

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 21, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Now is a great time to be a Physical Therapist as this occupation was recently ranked in the top ten Best Jobs of 2015 by U.S News.

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Topics: Career Advice, Healthcare

How Micromanagers Impact Your Career - Spotting Them & Curing Them

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 19, 2015 8:00:00 AM

We've all encountered them at least once in our careers -- the managers who involve themselves in every miniscule detail of your work day, often hovering over your desk to make sure the report you're working on is exactly the way they want it. They delegate work, but then end up handling most of it themselves. They need control at all times. Unfortunately, this often results in a miserable work atmosphere for their employees, who feel that they have little room for creativity or autonomy in their work.

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Topics: Career Advice, Management & Leadership, Employee Relations

Managing Work Stress Well Increases Your Productivity Long Term

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 16, 2015 8:00:00 AM

When things get crazy at work, chances are your personal life can start to feel a little out-of-control too. It's easy to buckle down and sacrifice everything else to meet important deadlines, but you have to manage your stress and your sacrifices to make sure you don't become burnt out.

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Topics: Career Advice, Self-Improvement, Productivity

The Benefits of Assistive Technology in Special Education

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 14, 2015 8:00:00 AM

It's often difficult for teachers to differentiate instruction for a classroom full of diverse learners. Additionally, there are many students in special education programs throughout the United States. Thus, traditional textbook and worksheet learning of years past is no longer effective, and teachers need innovative ways to teach their students. Thankfully, with the assistive technology available today, personalizing lessons to meet the unique needs of students is a possibility. In fact, technology might even be considered an equalizer, leveling the playing field between special education students and other students in the mainstream classroom.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Top 5 Skills Needed for Home Health Aides

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 12, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Working as a Home Health Aide is a demanding, yet rewarding job. It provides you an opportunity to care for and touch the life of an elderly or disabled citizen. Some skill training may be required, but there are five critical “soft” skills necessary to attain success as a Home Health Aide.

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Topics: Career Advice, Behavioral Health

Networking With Irritating People While Keeping Your Sanity

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 9, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Networking involves people. Ideally, it involves lots and lots of people. Yet the more people you have in your network, the higher the chances you'll find someone who just rubs you the wrong way. You know the type. In fact, you probably know a number of different types. Some people are too happy or nice. Some are jerks without even realizing it. And some seem to sap all pleasantness out of the air when they walk into a room. How do you keep a professional relationship with such people while keeping your wits intact?

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Topics: Career Advice

Mental Health Awareness Efforts Being Made By Prominent Hockey Goalie

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 7, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Almost twenty percent of the population suffers from mental illness of some kind. However, most people don't feel comfortable talking about their own mental health or that of the people they care about. Many people believe that if we were all more comfortable talking about mental illness we could do more to help people who are suffering unnecessarily.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Considering Outsourcing Your Healthcare Staffing? Learn the Benefits

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 5, 2015 8:00:00 AM

In today's competitive marketplace, increasingly more companies are choosing to outsource staffing. However, outsourcing the recruiting and hiring process is still new to many other companies, who don't fully understand the benefits of using a staffing firm over traditional hiring methods.

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Topics: Benefits of a Staffing Firm, Staffing & Onboarding

Mental Health Services and Our Children: Early Intervention is Key.

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 2, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Childhood is often the time when emotional and behavioral impairments begin to present themselves. In fact, each year, many young children are removed from schools and childcare facilities due to extremely disruptive behavior and a variety of emotional disorders. Despite this fact, only a small percentage of children with mental illness receive aid from the necessary services-- around 20 percent. However, research shows that early intervention for mental illness in children can have a significant impact on their future emotional health and well-being.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

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